Groundcherry and Goldenberry Project
Welcome to the Groundcherry and Goldenberry Project!
“The Physalis Improvement Project”
The genus Physalis is part of the Solanaceae family (also home to the well-known tomato and potato) and is home to the edible species of peruviana and pruinosa. These species are commonly referred to as groundcherry and goldenberry as well as many other regional names. Plants produce small edible fruits that range from sweet to tart with a variety of unique flavors. This project aims to further explore the cultivation of peruviana and pruinosa in New York state and gauge potential for local food systems. The Physalis Improvement Project is led by the Van Eck research group and is made possible through funding from The Triad and National Science Foundations.
- Gather information from stakeholders involved in the production and consumption of Physalis
- Use information gathered for crop improvement
- Heighten the visibility of Physalis as a specialty crop in New York State
Meet the Project Team
Pictured: Nathan Reem, Esperanza Shenstone, Kerry Swartwood, Joyce Van Eck
The Physalis Improvement Project is led by members of the Van Eck reseach group at BTI.
Where are Our Growers?
In the earliest stages of growth, groundcherries and goldenberries appear quite similar, however as they develop the difference between them becomes apparent. From plant architecture to fruit taste, these two species have differentiated themselves over the course of...read more
In addition to their unique appearance and sweet taste, groundcherries and goldenberries are considered a healthy fruit. As your fruit start to ripen keep in mind the nutritional profile that is being developed. Some of the nutritional benefits reported in literature...read more